Man convicted after slashing 25-year-old’s throat outside N.J. bar

A man who slashed the throat of another bar-goer with a knife following an argument outside a Rahway bar last summer has been convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses, authorities said.

Michael G. Johnston, 45, of Winfield Park faces up to 10 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty last week, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.

Johnston attacked a 25-year-old man outside Butch Kowal’s Tavern on St. Georges Avenue shortly before 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2021, prosecutors said.

The victim, who suffered two lacerations to the throat and one to the wrist, was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Johnston was arrested a short time later and sent to the Union County jail.

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